My story has two distinct phases. In the first, I earned a B.A. (Economics, Denison University) and an MBA (University of Michigan). I subsequently spent decades in Corporate America, rising to the level of vice president of marketing for a publicly traded company. I also ran my own business advising firm while simultaneously funding and managing a tech-oriented startup for which I was awarded a United States patent. These experiences honed my business and financial analysis skills. During this phase my family moved across the country twice.